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Running Time:
1 hour, 50 minutes

Rating: Unrated

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A sordid drama with two great performances from its stars Maggie Cheung and Nick Nolte.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Interviews with Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Oliver Assayas, Tricky and Metric; 5.1 Dolby surround sound; US theatrical trailer; Palm previews; Web links

Emily Wang (Maggie Cheung "Hero'" "In the Mood for Love") is a woman wrestling with myriad problems. She dreams of becoming a success as a rock singer, but her past is riddled with drugs, the result of which left her husband Lee (James Johnston) dead of an overdose in a desolate motel room. As a result of his death Emily is sent to prison to serve a six-month sentence for drug possession. The only thing that she hopes for, is to reestablish a relationship with her son Jay, who is being cared for by Lee's parents, Albrecht (Nick Nolte "Hotel Rwanda") and Rosemary (Martha Henry "Long Day's Journey Into Night") in Ontario, Canada. Rosemary blames Emily for the death of their son, but Albrecht is more realistic and recognizes the importance of the bond between a mother and son. Albrecht's faith in Emily, despite all her problems, forces her to search for a way to get her life together. She tries several kinds of employment, but it's a long and difficult road. The drama directed by Olivier Assayas ("Alice et Martin"), who is Cheung's former husband, was filmed in three languages (English, French and Cantonese). The story follows Emily from Canada to Paris, London and San Francisco as she attempts to get free of her drug habit, find a decent job, maybe even start her recording career, and get her son back. As she battles defeat after defeat she finds a world reluctant to forget the woman she has been and unwilling to accept her as the woman who she dreams she can be. Despite some flaws, this is a touching story of hopelessness, love and finally redemption.

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